Swingin' with Raymond

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Swingin' with Raymond
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Studio album by Chumbawamba
Released 23 October 1995
Genre Pop[1]
Length 46:36
Label One Little Indian Records/London
Chumbawamba chronology
Showbusiness!
(1994)
Swingin' with Raymond
(1995)
Tubthumper
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Swingin' with Raymond is the seventh studio album by anarchist punk band Chumbawamba.[2] The album cover features a photograph of Raymond Mills, whom the band selected for his tattooed hands.[3]

Musical style[edit]

The first half (tracks 1–6), entitled "Love It", features folk-styled love songs, sung by Lou Watts and featuring acoustic guitars and violin; Chris Nickson, an Allmusic critic, described the first half of the album as "ironic," commenting that the songs are "about the love of ideas -- even love itself becomes an idea."[1] The second half (tracks 7–13), entitled "Hate It", features the other vocalists, faster rhythms, trumpet and louder guitars; Nickson felt that the second half contained "strong melodies and choruses."[1] To complement the disparity between the two halves, the cover features a man on the album with "LOVE" and "HATE" tattooed on his knuckles. Some versions of the LP featured two separate discs, one for each part.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and arranged by Chumbawamba.[1]

love it![4][5]
  1. "This Girl" – 3:44
  2. "Never Let Go" – 4:03
  3. "Just Look at Me Now" – 3:22
  4. "Not the Girl I Used to Be" – 4:02
  5. "The Morning After (The Night Before)" – 3:33
  6. "Love Can Knock You Over" – 3:36
hate it![4]
  1. "All Mixed Up" – 4:08
  2. "This Dress Kills" – 3:31
  3. "Salome (Let's Twist Again)" – 3:50
  4. "Oxymoron" – 3:36
  5. "Waiting, Shouting" - 2:55
  6. "Hey! You! Outside Now!" – 3:52
  7. "Ugh! Your Ugly Houses!" – 2:22

Production by Chumbawamba and Neil Ferguson.[6]

Personnel[edit]

  • Lou Watts
  • Harry Hamer
  • Paul Greco
  • Boff Whalley
  • Dunstan Bruce
  • Mavis Dillon
  • Danbert Nobacon
  • Alice Nutter
  • Dee Scholey – Violin on love songs
  • Simon Commonknowledge – Extra vocals on "Salome"
  • Babs Fox st The FFRWD – Live tape in middle of "Salome"

References[edit]